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LAURA MULVEY’S
‘MALE GAZE THEORY’
By Naseha Yasmin
What is Male Gaze?
• The concept of gaze is one which deals with the way an
audience perceives people they are exposed to ...
Laura Mulvey
Mulvey established this theory in
1975, as she believes the
representation audiences see of
women are dominat...
In the above music video, there is clear evidence of women being exploited –
they are depicted in a way to appeal to a mal...
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Male Gaze Theory

  1. 1. LAURA MULVEY’S ‘MALE GAZE THEORY’ By Naseha Yasmin
  2. 2. What is Male Gaze? • The concept of gaze is one which deals with the way an audience perceives people they are exposed to on screen • Feminism is concerned with three things: 1) How men look at women 2) How women look at themselves 3) How women look at other women
  3. 3. Laura Mulvey Mulvey established this theory in 1975, as she believes the representation audiences see of women are dominated by males and solely used to benefit patriarchal society. Women are seen as ‘passive,’ and are portrayed in derogatory ways in media, whether it be film or music, in order to please a male audience. Not only does this influence men, but women as well – women feel insecure for being exposed to such ‘idealised’ depictions of women and feel the need to look the same. It is corrupted as it undermines women as a whole.
  4. 4. In the above music video, there is clear evidence of women being exploited – they are depicted in a way to appeal to a male audience, sexually. The use of camerawork is essential as certain angles allow the audience to perceive women in certain ways. E.g. low angle shot or a slow pan on a woman’s body allows the audience to closely focus on every inch of her body, all the curves, etc. Thus, this confirms Mulvey’s theory of how women are presented and the roles they undertaken. Although, we assume there would be some improvement in the way females are presented across different types of films and genres of music, it is still continuing which raises many concerns. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SRcnnId15BA

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